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Obama to Appoint Salazar, a Hunter, as Secretary of Interior

By December 16, 2008

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Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO).
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President-elect Barack Obama is expected to appoint Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), a hunter, as Secretary of the Interior. Salazar is not only a hunter, but is a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, "whose sole purpose to preserve and strengthen the rights of hunters and fishermen."

Despite campaigns by animal activists for an animal-friendly Secretary of the Interior, this appointment is no surprise. Back in September, Obama told a hunting magazine that he was inclined to appoint a hunter to this position, which is important for animals because the Department of the Interior oversees National Wildlife Refuges. Hunters have been campaigning for more access to National Wildlife Refuges for many years.

According to the Humane Society Legislative Fund:

[Salazar] has been hostile to a wide range of animal protection policies, including efforts to halt the trophy hunting of polar bears and to protect wild horses from slaughter. Salazar was even aligned with former Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo in an attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Although Salazar has taken a stand against reckless energy policies that endanger the environment, his appointment could be lethal for many animals.


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December 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm
(1) Tracy says:

Son of a bitch. :( Why doesn’t he get it?

January 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm
(2) Tricia says:

Salazar doesn’t want anything to interfere with his money making machinery horses get in the way the grey wolves get in the way, so he has them shot with our tax dollars no less, who else could afford the helicopters to support this mass extermination, then sends our lawmakers a letter in 2009 telling them the horses are eating all the pasture and the pasture can’t sustain them, but his and others cattle seem to be sustained on this pasture just fine saladar has an agenda a mile long of hateful attitudea in my opinion
of wild and domestic animals, I read on line that he even tried to get
his brother in the horse slaughter business, but apparently his brother
did decline! I can tell you for certain that March 2013 can’t come soon enough for me I will dance on the ceiling when salazar is out of office

January 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm
(3) Joe says:

Salazar is a real wienie @#$%&*()^+)(

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